Trump Compares His Phantom Ratings to Obama’s

President Trump compares his fabricated approval rating numbers to those of President Obama after his first year in office.

Defensive about his own perceived popularity, President Trump claimed that despite the media’s “so-called low approval rating,” his numbers are actually in line with those of President Obama after one year in office, who didn’t need to deal with “massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!”

“While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

He cited a poll posted by Fox News, the news network from which he recruited many of his staffers and which gives him almost perfect coverage. Despite their unwillingness to report on any of his shortcomings so far in office, Fox News still only claimed that Trump had a 46% approval rating, which is still short of Obama’s 47% at the time.

Furthermore, the poll appears to be a significant outlier. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates several polls from around the country, claimed that President Trump’s actual approval rating is closer to 39%, which is an all-time low for a President during his first year in office.

The poll on Fox News also features methodological concerns. It accumulates data by calling landlines, even though 52% of Americans – and most young, politically engaged Americans – primarily use cellular phones. It is possible that the data was skewed as such.

Still, it is true that most mainstream news outlets have thrived by negatively covering President Trump and his outlandish comments. Networks such as CNN have been criticized for offering Trump free advertising, by reporting on his every action and comment – at the expense of other candidates – during the 2016 campaign. As such, Trump appears more concerned with how the media portrays him than other presidents have been. He has also used Twitter more than any previous president, in an apparent effort to circumvent negative and distorted media coverage.